Has Anyone Worked A Strike? - page 4
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Feb 27, '03Originally posted by hogan4736
There seems to be a bit of hypocricy in this debate...Nurses say their daily work actions revolve around the patients, and are for the patients. Yet they are willing to strike, and put said patients in jeopardy by subjecting them to substandard care (e.g. administrators 10-20 years away from the bedside)
If you want to strike, I'm all for it...If you want to cross the lines to make a quick buck, I'm for that too...We all have our reasons for doing things, and if you cross the line w/ the belief that you'll prevent potential harmful care, and make a buck to boot, then hooray for you...You do what's best for you and your family...Let's face it. We as nurses want more money per hour because we are underpaid (most will agree w/ that), and that's supposed to be about the patient???
I'm just trying to keep it real...to each their own, as long as the patient is cared for...
Come on, if you go on strike, who will care for the patient...No one ever answers that question...We're quick to jump on someone for crossing picket lines (for financial reasons, please, let's face it!), but no one has an immediate solution during the strike (for the patients' benefit)...do we want admin doing this???
Feb 27, '03NO desire here to do such a thing. Ever. But I cannot say "never" cause IF we were HUNGRY, needy, or on that order, I would do ANYTHING to put food on the table for my kids and clothes on their backs. Thank Good ness, I am NOT anywhere near that needy. I hope never to be cause it really goes against my principles. Just me.
Feb 27, '03Nurses have to stop feeling guilty about asking for more money. You sure don't see doctors hesitating................
Feb 27, '03It is NOT ABOUT ASKING FOR MORE MONEY when nurses choose to break a picket line. THEY ACTUALLY HAMPER THIS PURSUIT; why do you think NURSES ARE STRIKING? Well, it would likely be for one or all the following: BETTER bennies, BETTER nurse-pt ratios, oh and yes, MORE MONEY. Ever think of it THAT way?
Feb 28, '03A couple of years ago my RN husband worked a strike in Oregon.
It was actually at the Nurses' Union request as the nurses could have been charged with abandonment in the strike situation. This enabled them, the nurses, bargaining power as the facility had to pay the traveling nurses more money to maintain patient care.
He was placed in a wonderful hotel, fed great meals and even had a fruit basket in the room when he arrived. There was absolutely no animosity in this situation.
The strike was settled in a timely manner, the travelers made lots of money and the nurses get their demands met.
Mar 1, '03I've personally don't belive nurses should be striking. Yes they deserve more money. Yes they deserve better working conditions but I haven't seen where nurses achieve anything by striking. I don't belive in unions. From what I've seen they only allow incompetent workers to stay on a job. We have tried for years to be considered professionals and professionals don't strike. Lawyers don't strike. Up until recently Dr.s didn't strike. Do you know that the Post office has a union but they are not allowed to strike. And they have pretty good wages especially since most of the people just have high school educations. And please don't tell me it's not about the money because it's about the money. The buzz word about mandatory overtime is just that a buzz word. For the most part I've never worked in a place where overtime wasn't grabbed up by people as fast as it was posted. And for you that think that the replacement nurses are incompetent, they are no more incompetent then the nurses that walked out. Yes I've worked strikes and I've worked with some of the best nurses I've ever worked with at strikes. And for you that think that they can transfer pt's out and close the hospital it will take alot of paper work and going to the the state that will get the hospital back open because you have to prove the need and how can you prove the need if you closed down.
Mar 1, '03I'm part of the ancillary staff at a hospital currently striking. The union trying to nose their way in is Teamsters. I know staffing is horrible anywhere you go. I know nurses don't get paid enough. I know there's a million legitimate reasons to strike. But I've seen the action on the inside of a striking hospital. Deaths are on the rise, and errors abound from tests to surgeries to medications. The environment is so stressful, I almost get sick to my stomach going to work in the morning. :zzzzz
Mar 1, '03Originally posted by FRN24
I'm part of the ancillary staff at a hospital currently striking. The union trying to nose their way in is Teamsters. I know staffing is horrible anywhere you go. I know nurses don't get paid enough. I know there's a million legitimate reasons to strike. But I've seen the action on the inside of a striking hospital. Deaths are on the rise, and errors abound from tests to surgeries to medications. The environment is so stressful, I almost get sick to my stomach going to work in the morning. :zzzzz
Mar 4, '03I am responding to the last reply from smiling blueyes. You obviously work at the hospital I have been on strike from for the past 111 days (soon to break the national record of 150 days). I need to correct a statement you made "The union trying to nose its way in" Please remember that we (the nurses) contacted the Teamsters, they did not come looking for us.
Now to those who may be thinking of becoming strike breaking nurses or SCABS as they are so warmly referred to ( this endearing term also refers to our co-workers who cross the picket line) DON'T DO IT! You prolong our strike, allow management to refuse to come to the table. You undermine your fellow professionals. Strike breakers are not truly there for the patients, they are there for the money.
Anyone interested in our strike, please visit www.mash406nmhrn.com
Mar 4, '03Been there, done that (strike, not scab!)
It's scary, and exhilerating in an odd way, because nurses are finally dong something proactive instead of reactive. Fortunately, our community was solidly behind us, including most of the private practice docs. Community, not for profit hospital, and when a few trustees showed up to find out why talks were stalling, agreed the nurses "demands" were quite reasonable, and the strike was over. No outside scabs came in, kept the ER and a few beds open, and reopened without much trouble.
My heart goes out to you for having to stay out for so long, , hold on for your lives and your principles. God Bless.
Mar 4, '03I never made a statement about any union "nosing in" anywhere. You have me confused with someone else, obviously.
Mar 4, '03Sorry smiling blueyes, it was actually FRN 24 who made that comment.
To JBUDD, ours too is a community hospital but the board of trustees is not behind us . We are currently handbilling at their businesses. Our community is behind us, the support is unbelievable. We are determined and will be outside as long as it takes.